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Conservation areas

Conservation areas are designated if we consider that their particular character is valuable and should be preserved. There are 48 conservation areas in the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole area.

Where development is proposed in a conservation area, whether it is alterations to an existing building or development of new buildings, it should be in keeping with the special character of that area. There are specific policies in the Local Plans relating to development in conservation areas.

If your property is in a conservation area, the kind of minor work that you can carry out without planning permission is also more limited than elsewhere. Further advice on permitted development in conservation areas is available on the planning portal or you can use our pre-application advice service or view our map.

How we assess conservation areas

Character studies help us to understand the historic nature and importance of the area. They are helpful if an appraisal hasn’t been carried out, but they don’t fully reflect best practice guidance and latest policy, which may have changed since the study was completed.

Conservation area appraisals are more in depth than character studies and identify the key features that make the area significant. When preparing conservation area appraisals, we will also produce management plans. These set out the way in which development pressure and neglect will be managed to ensure conservation areas retain the qualities that led to their designation.

We are working towards producing appraisals and management plans for all of the conservation areas in the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole area.

The conservation areas are listed below:

Conservation areas
 Name of area (year designated) Documents available
Ashington, Poole (2002) Map
Appraisal
Ashley Cross, Poole (1987, amended June 2012) Map
Appraisal and management plan
Avon Buildings, Christchurch (1991) Map
Boscombe Manor, Bournemouth (1993)  Map and summary
Boscombe Spa, Bournemouth (1994)  Map and summary
Bramble Lane, Christchurch (1982)  Map
Branksome Park and Chine Gardens, Poole (1981)  Map
Appraisal and management plan
Brunstead Road, Poole (1989, amended May 2000 and boundary amended November 2014))  Map
Leaflet
Burton, Christchurch (1986)  Map
Appraisal and management plan
Appendix A
Erratum
Canford Cliffs Village, Poole (1977, extended 2003)  Map
Appraisal
Canford Magna, Poole (1977, amended December 1992)  Map
Leaflet
Chester Road, Poole (2010)  Map
Appraisal
Christchurch Central (1969)  Map
Appraisal and management plan
Appendix 1
Christchurch Hospital (1991)  Map
Churchill Gardens, Bournemouth (1993)  Map
Appraisal
Management plan
Conservation report
Dean Park, Bournemouth (1993)  Map and summary
East Cliff, Bournemouth (1987)  Map and summary
Evening Hill, Poole (1992)  Map
Heckford Park, Poole (2010)  Map
Appraisal
Holdenhurst Village, Bournemouth (1974)  Map
Appraisal
Hurn, Christchurch (1991)  Map
Knole Road, Bournemouth (1993)  Map
Character study
Meyrick Park and Talbot Woods, Bournemouth (1988)  Map
Appraisal
Mudeford Quay, Christchurch (1981)  Map
Appraisal and management plan
Appendix A
Muscliff Lane, Bournemouth (1992)  Map
Character study
Oakley Lane, Poole (1987, amended December 1992)  Map
Leaflet
Old Christchurch Road, Bournemouth (1993)  Map and summary
Poole Park (1995, amended October 1996)  Map
Appraisal
Portchester Road, Bournemouth (1993)  Map
Appraisal
Purewell, Christchurch (1991)  Map
Appraisal and management plan
Ridgeway and Broadstone Park, Poole (2004)   Map
Appraisal
Sandbanks, Poole (2003)  Map
Appraisal and management plan
Southbourne Grove, Bournemouth (1993)  Map
Stanpit and Fisherman's Lane, Christchurch (1991)  Map
Appraisal and management plan
Appendix A
Talbot Village, Bournemouth (1975)  Map
Appraisal
Management plan
The Avenue, Poole (1989, amended December 1992 and May 2000)  Map
Appraisal
The Saints, Bournemouth (1987)  Map
Character study
Throop and Mucccleshell Villages, Bournemouth (1975) Map and summary
Town Centre Heritage, Poole (2013) Map
Appraisal part 1 and part 2
Tudor Road and Golf Links Road, Poole (2004)  Map
Appraisal
Undercliff Road, Bournemouth (1990)  Map and summary
Verno Lane, Christchurch (1988)  Map
West Cliff and Poole Hill, Bournemouth (1989) Map and summary
Draft appraisal and management plan (2018)
West Overdrive Cliff, Bournemouth (1987)  Map and summary
Westbourne, Bournemouth (1993)   Map and summary
Wick Village, Bournemouth (1985)  Map and summary
Winkton, Christchurch (1989)  Map
Appraisal and management plan
Appendix A

Dorset Historic Towns Project report on Christchurch

You can view this urban characterisation study for the Christchurch area (2011):

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